Apr 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers team president Larry Bird with his wife Dinah Mattingly watches the game against the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Detroit 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Offseason: Larry Bird Returns to Indiana Pacers

Larry Bird has stepped back into his role of President of the Indiana Pacers, and Donnie Walsh will stay on as a consultant for the up coming season is the big news of the day.  No terms were released, and a press conference is set for tomorrow morning, but I do believe this is a good move for the Indiana Pacers.  Bird had to step away for a year, and there was always that idea he would be back once he felt the need and desire to come back.  Well, it looks like that year off is all it took.  Now Bird steps in and gets to continue the process he’s been such a big part of.  I think he wanted to see this process all the way through, and now he’ll get another year to put his stamp on this turnaround of the Pacers.

Perhaps, his best stamp is the support of Lance Stephenson.  He almost treated him like his own kid, and continued to state that Stephenson would be a huge factor for the Indiana Pacers.  This past season proved Bird was right in that belief.  Stephenson stepped into that starting role, and really showed his ability at times.  Sure there were those moments of inconsistency, but for the most part, this Pacers team had an extra step when Stephenson was rolling along in the right direction.  I give Bird all the credit for his support of Stephenson, and I am sure Stephenson is the first guy to welcome Bird back to the fold.

No word on how long Bird will be around, but there are the reports that this is a multi-year deal, so hopefully Bird can stick through for the foreseeable future.  It’s best if Bird says he’s here for that time, and not on a year to year basis.  I understand with his health and mindset it could be that. But for the betterment of the franchise, Larry Bird should be all in.  I think he will be, or else he wouldn’t be back at all.  It’s one of those things we’ll have to just see how it plays out.  But for now, it’s a great move for the Pacers right now, and we’ll see how this impacts the Pacers soon.

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